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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are an easy snack or appetizer to make with zucchini. The air fryer helps create a crispy outer breading on the zucchini but a tender piece of zucchini on the inside. It is the perfect way to use zucchini! Serve it with a warm marinara sauce for dipping. 

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips on a white plate.

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AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI CHIPS 

I just can’t quit summer in my house. I still have a lot of summer produce to use up and have been creating delicious ways to use it up. 

Zucchini is in abundance in people’s gardens and at the farmers markets right now.

Today’s Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are one of my all-time favorite ways to use up zucchini. 

I actually tried something similar at a restaurant with my friends in Pittsburg at an Italian restaurant and was obsessed.

The restaurant actually sliced the zucchini all the way down into large pieces instead of small chips but I thought this was more practical for families, especially with kids. 

This is one of those recipes you can make and set out on the counter with some marinara dipping sauce and the kids can gobble it up. 

I also really like making this as an appetizer for guests. You can double or triple the recipe and feed a large crowd. 

There is something so good about the crispy breading on the zucchini and the tender inside. 

Some of my other favorite ways to use up zucchini is these Easy Zucchini Tacos, Zucchini Frittata, Mediterranean Ground Beef Zucchini Skillet, Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad, Zucchini Chickpea Quinoa Salad or these Mediterranean Zucchini Boats.  

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips in a bowl.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THESE AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI CHIPS:

EASY TO MAKE: I love how easy these are to make. The bulk of your time will be the breading process where you are dipping the zucchini chips in the egg, flour and breadcrumbs. When using your air fryer you also have almost no clean-up involved which is so nice. These are such a great way to use up summer zucchini!  

GREAT APPETIZER OR SNACK: I like to serve these as an appetizer with a warm marinara sauce on the side. They also make a great snack for adults and kids.

GOOD WAY TO GET YOUR VEGGIES IN: If you are looking to incorporate more vegetables into your daily diet this is a great way! I love zucchini but sometimes I find it boring to eat plan sautéed zucchini so this is a new and exciting way to make it! 

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips ingredients.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR THIS RECIPE:

ZUCCHINI 

PANKO BREADCRUMBS

PARMESAN CHEESE

EGG

ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

SPICES: GARLIC POWDER, ITALIAN SEASONING, PAPRIKA

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips with sauce.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI CHIPS:

Preheat your air fryer at 450 degrees F for 5 minutes.

CUT ZUCCHINI: Cut the zucchini into evenly sliced coin sized circles. Pat them dry with a paper towel to pull moisture. 

ADD BREADING INGREDIENTS TO BOWLS: In two separate shallow bowls add the beaten egg and the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese {stir the cheese and breadcrumbs together}.

In a third bowl combine the flour, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper and stir well.

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips bowls for breading.

COAT THE ZUCCHINI: Use your hands or tongs to dip each zucchini round in the flour mixture, then egg mixture, then panko mixture. Place in a single layer on baking sheet. Repeat for all of the zucchini and set on a large plate.

Repeat until all zucchini slices are coated. Spray chips with cooking spray or lightly drizzle with oil.

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips on a plate ready to go in air fryer.

COOK IN THE AIR FRYER: Spray the air fryer with nonstick spray.

Working in batches add the zucchini to the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, flip and cook for another 5 minutes or until the breading is becoming golden brown and crispy.

Use tongs to carefully remove the zucchini and set them on the plate.
Repeat with the remaining zucchini.

Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm with marinara sauce.

Air Fryer Zucchini chips in air fryer

WAYS TO MODIFY AIR FRYER ZUCCHINI CHIPS

GLUTEN-FREE: If you want your zucchini chips to be glute-free you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond meal instead of the regular breadcrumbs

SEASONING: You can spice up your zucchini chips with spices. Try adding cayenne red pepper, paprika, Greek seasoning, cajun seasoning or za’atar. 

CHEESE: You can swap out the Parmesan cheese with Pecorino Romano cheese or mozzarella cheese. 

DIPPING SAUCE: I like to serve these with a homemade tomato sauce but you could also serve with ranch, Tahini Sauce or a Creamy Dill Sauce

HERBS: Herbs can be added to the breadcrumb mixture or you can use them for garnish. I like fresh basil, dill or parsley. 

NON-EGG: If you don’t want to use eggs in this recipe try buttermilk or yogurt to help coat the zucchini and help the breadcrumbs stick. 

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips with parsley and sauce.

TIPS FOR MAKING ZUCCHINI CHIPS

CHOOSING A ZUCCHINI: Make sure you pick the right kind of zucchini for this recipe. You want a younger, firmer zucchini because they tend to be less watery. 

EVEN SLICING: When slicing your zucchini make sure that you are evenly slicing using a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer to cut the zucchini into uniform slices. I try to do slices that are about 1/4 inch thick. This helps to ensure the zucchini cooks evenly. 

PAT DRY: It helps to pat your zucchini dry with a paper towel before you bread it. This helps to pull the moisture out so the chips don’t get mushy. 

PREHEAT YOUR AIR FRYER: By preheating the air fryer you are helping to ensure even cooking for your zucchini chips. 

DON’T OVERCROWD: Don’t make the mistake of overcrowding the zucchini chips. They will not cook properly and some will not get crispy. 

COOKING SPRAY: Make sure to use cooking spray and spray the air fryer before using it so the zucchini chips don’t stick. You also can spray or brush the tops of the zucchini chips before air frying to help them brown and get crispy. 

SEASON AFTER COOKING: I like to add a sprinkle of salt and another seasoning like paprika or Italian seasoning after they are done cooking. This just ensures there is enough flavor!  

STORAGE: You can store these in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

REHEATING: When you want to reheat your zucchini chips you can air fryer them for a couple of minutes and they should be heated through. 

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips with logo.

OTHER ZUCCHINI RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

ZUCCHINI GRATIN

CHEESY ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

ALFREDO ZOODLES

SPRING MINESTRONE

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKPEA SKILLET

RATATOUILLE RECIPE

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips with logo.

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips on a white plate.

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips are an easy snack or appetizer to make with zucchini. The air fryer helps create a crispy outer breading on the zucchini but a tender piece of zucchini on the inside. It is the perfect way to use zucchini! Serve it with a warm marinara sauce for dipping. 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into evenly sized coins
  • non-stick spray
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese {optional- you could just use more breadcrumbs if you don't want cheese in this}
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. paprika {optional}
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Tomato sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer at 450 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the zucchini into evenly sliced coin sized circles.
  3. Using a paper towel pat dry the zucchini rounds to pull moisture and ensure that the chips get crispy. It really helps if you have time to let the zucchini rounds sit for 30 minutes and then pat them dry.
  4. In two separate shallow bowls add the beaten egg and the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese {stir the cheese and breadcrumbs together}.
  5. In a third bowl combine the flour, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper and stir well.
  6. Use your hands or tongs to dip each zucchini round in the flour mixture, then egg mixture, then panko mixture. Place in a single layer on baking sheet. Repeat for all of the zucchini and set on a large plate.
  7. Repeat until all zucchini slices are coated. Spray chips with cooking spray or lightly drizzle with oil.
  8. Spray the air fryer with cooking spray. Working in batches add the zucchini to the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, flip and cook for another 5 minutes or until the breading is becoming golden brown and crispy.
  9. Use tongs to carefully remove the zucchini and set them on the plate.
    Repeat with the remaining zucchini.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm with marinara sauce.

Notes

TIP FOR CRISPY CHIPS: Using a paper towel pat dry the zucchini rounds to pull moisture and ensure that the chips get crispy. It really helps if you have time to let the zucchini rounds sit for 30 minutes and then pat them dry.

STORAGE: You can store these in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

REHEATING: When you want to reheat your zucchini chips you can air fryer them for a couple of minutes and they should be heated through. 

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